Yemenia confirms Trent XWB order for A350 XWB fleet – takes Totalcare for Trent 700s

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Rolls-Royce announced today at the Dubai Airshow, that Yemenia Yemen Airways, the official carrier of the Republic of Yemen, has confirmed its order for Trent XWB engines to power 10 firm Airbus A350 XWBs, with deliveries starting the fourth quarter of 2015. The engines will be covered by a TotalCare® long-term services agreement.

The new aircraft will form part of a fleet replacement and modernisation programme for Yemenia, based in Sana'a, as well as offer additional capacity for growth.

Yemenia has also signed a contract for a TotalCare agreement covering the Trent 700 engines it already operates on two Airbus A330-200s.

Captain Abdulkalek Al-Kadi, Chairman of Yemen Airways, said: “The decision to select the Trent-powered A350 XWB has been based on reducing our operating costs to help us efficiently manage our planned growth. The Trent XWB, backed by TotalCare, is vital to our success with its focus on the lowest cost of ownership, giving us the best value across our range of operations.”

Mick Forey, Senior Vice President - Airlines for Rolls-Royce, added: "The Trent XWB has been extremely successful with our Middle East customers. This is largely due to the Trent family’s proven capability in the harsh operating conditions of airlines in this region. Our innovative, yet low-risk design philosophy helps us to deliver the best engine solutions for our customers.”

The Trent XWB is available in a range of thrusts from 74,000 to 92,000 lb and a single engine type will power all versions of the A350 XWB.

  1. Final engine configuration and selection of technologies are scheduled to be completed by mid-2008. The first Trent XWB will be ground tested in 2010. In 2011, the engine will make its maiden flight on a flying test bed, followed by airworthiness certification and first flight on the A350 XWB in 2012.
  2. By the time the Trent XWB enters service, Trent series engines will have accumulated more than 75 million flying hours.
  3. Rolls-Royce has a growing presence in the Middle East, where it is playing an important role in the development of the region across all the Group’s sectors - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  4. The Trent engine family has been ordered by many Middle East customers, including Qatar, Emirates, Etihad, Alafco and Gulf Air, powering Boeing 777s, A330s, A350 XWBs and A340s. In addition, Etihad will be the first operator in the region of the Trent-powered A380. The International Aero Engines V2500 is also operated widely.
  5. Rolls-Royce is continually improving the environmental impact of its products. Each year the company, in collaboration with its partners, invests around £700 million on research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of reducing the environmental impact of its products and operations. This technology investment is primarily aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
  6. TotalCare, tailored for individual operators, offers a range of services from Rolls-Royce covering all aspects of asset management in support of its Civil Aerospace products. Building on the company’s knowledge, experience and infrastructure, these services include elements such as predictive maintenance, logistics management, and global repair and overhaul offerings. TotalCare can remove uncertainties from engine management and improve operational reliability for operators through a mutually aligned business relationship.

More information on Rolls-Royce in the Middle East is available on www.rolls-royce.com/middle_east/default.htm

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